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Good experience, not lifestyle

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Chicago, IL
Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL

I have been working at IBM

Pros

Work with Fortune 500 Companies
Working relationships with high level management
Get experience with large and small teams
When not on the client site, not required to work from office
Build extensive network and contact list
Deal with a wide range of business issues

Cons

Excess Travel and low work/life balance
Little to no comradery with other consultants in practice
Tend to get treated as a number in the vast employment pool
Quick turnover and burnout
Can get pigeon-holed into particular tasks if "too good" of job is done
Other typical complaints regarding large companies

Advice to ManagementAdvice

With so many consultants in so many US cities it should be easier to place consultants on projects in their home town

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    People are treated as commodities and not invested in; compensation low compared to peers cos.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Executive
    Current Employee - Client Executive

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Ability to get a broad base of experience(s). Overall great coworkers...middle management has no ability to do anything expect inspect everything. Too many people, in sales roles, working form home and claiming credit for stuff versus making it happen.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, constant micromanagement, too many people get paid on sales deals that have nothing to do with them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rewarded the true performers.

    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stop offshoring US jobs.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Mechanicsburg, PA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Mechanicsburg, PA

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule which is supported by immediate management. The pay is good; however, you earn it.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for professional advancement. Offshoring of US jobs which creates continuous anxiety and makes one wonder "will my job be offshored next." Matrix managment structure which makes for a stressful/ very ambiguous work environment. The company embraces a virtual team environment, so you can work in one city but work with individuals in different cities. This can create a more challenging work environment since you cannot simply walk over to a co-worker's desk to discuss a work item. Management can also be located in another city. Bottom line - there can be a dearth of face time which can hurt you during your annual review. Also, there is a tremendous focus on getting more bang for the buck. In other words, reduce the number of employees, maintain the same workload, and take on additional workload.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revisityand embrace the principles fostered by Thomas Watson which once made this a great company.

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